Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs


  2. A. Course Title: Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs
    B. Course Number: ED 213C - 30016
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Jimenez, Diana
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2824
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    If you would like to meet at a different time, please contact me.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This basic course familiarizes students with a variety of culturally appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including systematic observation of typically and non-typically developing children. The course addresses the development and use of formative and summative assessment and evaluation instruments to ensure comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. Students will develop skills for evaluating the assessment process and involving other teachers, professionals, and families in the process. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills New Mexico Junior College's education requirement for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student's responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Assessment in Early Childhood Education, Eighth Edition, by Sue C. Wortham, 978-0135206072


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Distribution

    * The Following may be adjusted, if needed, as the semester progresses.

    Discussions (12) 20 points each
    Assignments (4) 100 Points each
    Practice Test (11) 10 Points each
    Test (4) 100 Points each

    All discussions (Discussion part 1 is due every Wednesday at 11:59 P.M), assignments and test are due on Sundays at 11:59 p.M. Mountain Time

    Note: "Late" is defined as not turning in the assignment on the due date. Exceptions to the late policy are dependent upon prior arrangements with the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to round up the final grade.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.(CT)

    -Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly. (CM)

    -Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage. (CM)

    -Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics. (CM)

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication. (IL)

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences. (PS)


    This course should provide students with the opportunity to utilize a variety of culturally appropriate assessment instruments, and develop formative and summative evaluation to ensure the comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. Students in this course should also develop skills in the assessment process while working with other teachers, professionals, and families.

    The following objectives are taken from the New Mexico State Department of Education's Common Core competencies for Early Childhood professionals. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency.

    The student should:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of assessment and evaluation practices that are valid and appropriate. (IL)
    2. demonstrate knowledge of maintaining appropriate records of children's development and behavior that safeguard confidentiality and privacy. (PS)
    3. demonstrate knowledge of the educator's role as a participating member of the assessment process as described and mandated by state and federal regulations for Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP). (PS)
    4. demonstrate understanding of the influences of environmental factors, cultural/linguistic differences, and diverse ways of learning on assessment outcomes. (CT)
    5. involve the family and, as appropriate, other team members in assessing the child's development, strengths, and needs in order to set goals for the child. (CM)
    6. share assessment results as appropriate with families in clear, supportive ways.(CM)
    7. Develop and describe and use formative and summative program evaluation tools to ensure comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. (CM)
    8. use both self and collaborative evaluations as part of on-going program/evaluation. (CT)

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 48 hours.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    The following is a general outline (tentative) and may be adjusted as the semester progresses for holidays and at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the students. 

    Online students see “Modules” in Canvas for specific and up-to-date assignments.




    Week 1

    Introduction to the course

    NMJC Assignments

    Generally, you will follow the following routine each week during the semester (see module):

    ·         Read and study chapter

    ·         Discussion - Read and reply to my questions and respond to 2 other classmates (20 points)

    ·         Practice Tests (10 points)

    ·         Possible assignment

    ·     Chapters test as assigned (100 points)


    Introduction to the course:

    ·         NMJC webpage – Click on Canvas on right

    ·         Before logging into Canvas, work through the “Canvas Student Orientation) under blank boxes

    ·         Log-into Canvas

    ·         Course & Groupsŕclick on this course

    ·         Modules (menu column on left) – Work through the assignments in the following modules:

    o   Course Information

    o   Module Zero

    o   Week 1

    Week 2

    Ch. 1 An overview of Assessment in Early Childhood 


    Week 3

    Ch.2 –How Infants and Young Children Should Be Assessed 


    Week 4

    Ch. 3 – Communication with Families 

    Early Learning Guidelines due

    Week 5


    Ch. 4 How Standardized Tests Are Used, Designed, and Selected 

    Test 1 (Chapters 1-3)

    Week 6

    Ch. 5 – Using and Reporting Standardized Test Results 

    Assessment Review due 

    Week 7

    Ch. 6 –Data-Driven Decision Making, Assessment, and Documentation

    Test 2 (Chapters 4-5)

    Week 8


    Ch. 7 - Observation 

    Week 9

    Ch. 8 - Checklists, Rating Scales, and Rubrics 

    Test 3 (Chapters 6-8)

    Week 10

    Ch. 9 - Teacher-Designed Assessment Strategies 


    Week 11

    Ch. 9 - Teacher-Designed Assessment Strategie

    Observation Assignment due

    Week 12

    Ch.10  – Performance-Based Assessment Strategies 


    Week 13



    Week 14

    Ch. 11 –Portfolio Assessment 

    Research Paper due 

    Week 15

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Performance-Based Assessment 


    Week 16

    Review Chapters 9-11


    Week 17

    Finals Week

    Final Exam Chapters 9-11 only due Monday 11:59 P.M.